Public Art Category


From earth art and eco-art to land art and healing projects, there are many forms that fit under this heading. Artists utilize natural materials and recycled junk or engage in infrastructure projects and system-based work.

July 4, 2014

Artists and Parks

How artists shape our shared spaces

At the Tolt River–John MacDonald Park near Carnation, Washington, artist Elizabeth Conner recently spent six months with staff scientists from King County’s natural resource divisions. Together they monitored fish biology and the water’s movement at a flood plain restoration site. But Conner asked different questions and used different words than the scientists to describe what … Read More

Carolyn Law with Matthew Stadler | Featured, Magazine Feature, Public Art Review

June 30, 2014

Made in Taiwan

Environmental art on the Beautiful Island

Portuguese explorers gave Taiwan the name Ilha Formosa (beautiful island) for the striking beauty of its rich, natural landscape. Today, Taiwan—with its bustling, industrialized urban centers—faces the environmental consequences of high population density and the rapid industrialization behind the “Taiwan Economic Miracle” of the past five decades. As in other areas of the world, public … Read More

Elizabeth Wilson | On Location, Public Art Review

June 25, 2014

A Green Way Through

How public artist Vicki Scuri made a new highway more palatable

Sandpoint, Idaho – U.S. Highway 95 is the main north-south route through Idaho. Yet until recently, it slowed to 25 miles per hour in Sandpoint, a small city on the state’s panhandle. Big trucks, often dragging more than one trailer, struggled to make the tight turns through Sandpoint’s historic downtown. Crossing Fifth Avenue on foot … Read More

June 23, 2014

Hardrock Revision

Artists reconsider a mine site in Lake City, Colorado

Public art is a dynamic and expanding endeavor. As art’s concerns adjust to our increasingly complex world, the role of artist is shifting from object maker to problem solver. In the summer of 2011, the Colorado Art Ranch in conjunction with the town of Lake City, Colorado, embraced this definition of public art in the Hardrock … Read More

Linda Wysong | On Location, Public Art Review

June 20, 2014

Interview with Sonja Hinrichsen: Podcast

As a child in Germany, Sonja Hinrichsen was always out playing in nature. Now, the artist—who does site specific art around the world—sees a generation that is becoming increasingly disconnected from the natural world. One of her efforts to help reconnect others to environmental stewardship involves creating massive snow drawings on American landscapes. Many of … Read More

Todd Melby | Featured, Public Art Review

June 20, 2014

Gone Tomorrow

Five artists trace evanescent designs into sand and snow

The effort that goes into large-scale projects would seem to demand long-lived rewards. But the artists featured here find their rewards in large-scale works on sand or snow that last as little as an hour or two. Sonja Hinrichsen Sonja Hinrichsen believes the earth is “already terribly cluttered” with human-made “stuff.” Instead of making more, she … Read More

June 9, 2014

Artful Playscapes

A playground expert says it's time for American artists to return to the design table

American artists were a force in playground design in the 1950s and 1960s, but when patrons began to choose equipment based on whether it would reduce their liability, artists disengaged from design. Architects, landscape architects, and visual artists in Europe, Australia, and Asia, however, have remained engaged. In these locales, artists have fashioned natural materials … Read More

June 1, 2014

Sweet Spot

With community kids, Stevie Famulari turned a forest into Sugarland

When multisensory artist Stevie Famulari was in pastry school in the 1990s, she found herself thinking less about dough and more about which frostings would work best—and be most environmentally friendly—on deciduous and coniferous trees. In 2000, she had the chance to test her recipes. For her Sugarland project, Famulari frosted an entire quarter-acre forest … Read More

April 24, 2014

The Land Art Generator Initiative at Fresh Kills

Trash to Treasure: Conceptual projects imagine a renewable future

New York, NY — The Fresh Kills Landfill on Staten Island was one of the more dubious pen-strokes of New York’s “master builder,” Robert Moses, in 1948. The idea: Take the garbage from New York City, dump it into an unbuildable wetland for a few years, and then develop the trash heap into residential or … Read More

April 4, 2014

The Vision Behind the Land Art Generator Initiative 2

A video interview with Elizabeth Monoian and Robert Ferry

New York, New York – VIDEO – The Land Art Generator Initiative has formulated an approach to design thinking that intrigued us since the moment we first found out about them. We wanted to know more about their vision and mission, so we asked them for an in-person interview. This video will take you behind … Read More

Public Art Review | Featured, Public Art Review